The National Association Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the teams and pairings for the 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The 32-team event will get underway on March 8 with the Championship game on Tuesday, March 14.
This year's field includes 22 automatic qualifiers, nine at-large selections and one host berth (College of the Ozarks (Mo.)). Automatic berths were given to teams that either won their respective conference tournament title, regular-season championship, finished runner-up at the conference tournament. The at-large bids were determined by the final 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll announced Wednesday. The Top 25 can be found HERE.
The Washington Adventist University come into the tournament as a No.5 seed. The Shock will face the No.4 seed Northwestern College (Iowa). The Red Raiders, winners of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, come into the game with a 26-6 record, and a 13-5 record in the GPAC. The Shock will face the Red Raiders on Thursday, March 9 at 9:30 P.M. EST / 8:30 CST.
The NAIA Network – the association's official video streaming home – will video-stream all 30 games live leading up to the final on ESPN3. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament package is available at $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
For more information on the tournament including games, tickets, and lodging options please click on the following link: Visitor Guide to the National Championship.